Wrestling with the Internet

I am always uneasy about what I should and should not say on the internet. There is so much I want to let out. So much I want to yell. There are also so many nice things that I think would only be ruined by letting the internet touch them.

This evening I saw a quote regarding that subject, but from long before the internet.

Travel and tell no one, live a true love story and tell no one, live happily and tell no one, people ruin beautiful things. Kahlil Gibran

Maybe that should be the default.

What I will share is this: you can’t opt-out forever. If you try to stay silent the world will find some way to make you open up. And if you’re not practiced in the discourse required of you, you are a lot less likely to feel great about the process. Self-moderation is much better than self-censorship.

Choose something to share, make your case, and stand by it. It doesn’t have to be published to the world: it can be with your colleagues, your school, your family. But don’t let all your thoughts be your own; just the private ones.

Be Prepared for Your Next Team Meeting

Most of our communication at Automattic is text-based. We use Slack and P2 instead of phone and email. But occasionally it helps teams to conference together and a video call is a great way to do that.

Today it turned out that the following are good things to have nearby when you do a video call:

  • A funny hat
  • A cat or puppy
  • A musical instrument
  • A whiteboard made out of materials that aren’t a manufactured whiteboard
  • A loud bird parked on the backside of your laptop

Trust me on this. Share with your team.